SOME MIGHT CALL HIM A DICK

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Derrick Roach

Private investigator and 79th Assembly District candidate Derrick Roach was anything but clueless when he squared off against opponent Ben Hueso at a Nestor candidiates’ forum.

But the detective came up short when it came to levelling charges of corruption against former Chula Vista City Councilman Mitch Thompson. The state Fair Political Practices Commission and the city’s Ethics Commission found that Thompson (inset) didn’t do nothing, see?

Thompson has referred to Roach as a “Republican-hit man thug- punk.” Looks like the P.I. is going to have to track down another voter come Nov. 2.

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PRESSING ISSUE

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VARGASState Senate candidate Juan Vargas dropped in on the staff of the Southwestern Sun Tuesday just to say hello and I got your back.

The former California assemblyman and darling of the insurance industry recently made a modest donation to the college newspaper.

Man, you just can’t buy that kind of goodwill and publicity. (Well you can, sort of,  if you donate $3,200 out of your senate campaign fund to help the Sun cover its printing costs after college administrators threaten to not pay the newspaper’s printer.)

Vargas’ opponent, Republican Brian Hendry, said he would consider making a donation to the newspaper as well, But, he admitted, his coin purse holds far less than the $626,000 Vargas has raised this year.

Maybe Hendry should consider buying a subscription.

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WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?

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Not a peep from Filner.

To get his point across?

Protestors have been demonstrating near Congressman Bob Filner’s Chula Vista office every Thursday for weeks, hoping to convince him to debate his political rival, Nick Popaditch, as the two race for the 51st Congressional District seat.

Is somebody feeling cocky?

Have a campaign photo you want to share? Send them to carlos@thestarnews.com

 

Photo/ Allison Sampite

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EYE SPY A CANDIDATE

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Popaditch presses the flesh.

Congressional candidate Nick Popaditch (right) takes a moment to mug for a picture with John Cummings after speaking to members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association in Chula Vista.

Have a campaign photo you want to share? Send them to carlos@thestarnews.com

Photo/Rick Eaton

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Cheese-y

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California state senate candidate and former Assemblyman Juan Vargas (right) smiles while standing next to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Navarro during a campaign rally. Vargas at one time wanted to become a Jesuit priest. But he chose a life of politics instead.

Some callings are higher than others.

Photo/Rick Eaton

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Breitfelder, table for one…

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Chula Vista City Council candidate Larry Breitfelder appears to be…reflective during a recent campaign appearence.

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Better off red

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red-signs

 

Supporters of John McCann and Larry Breitfelder show their true colors when it comes to their political beliefs.

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Liz the wiz?

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Candidate Liz Vazquez (center) should be able to count on the support of at least two voters as she runs for a seat on the National School District Board of Directors.

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And the winner is…

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AWARD

I deserve this.

As the winner of the inaugural HA award, I’d like to think it’s in recognition of my body of work…from my inadvertent dialing of 911 and the San Francisco Police Department while on vacation, to my errant cell phone butt-dial that let a friend of mine hear my opinion of his girlfriend.

Of course, it’s probably my latest gaffe—an electronic display of embarrassing and careless candor—that’s making it possible for me to stand here and address you as the 2010 Horse’s Ass award winner.

F.U. stands for Florida University...DUH!

F.U. stands for Florida University...DUH!

When I first attempted to forward an e-mail to a work colleague, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would one day be keeping company with the likes of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, former President George W. Bush or current San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. In addition to their charm and good looks, these men share a flair for self-expression that’s as colorful as a LeRoy Neiman original. Gentlemen, I am your humble student.
Like you, I made remarks that were intended to be private. Like yours, they weren’t.

When the president of a local community group sent me one of his customary e-mail blasts and attachments, I should have just forwarded it to my colleague without comment.

I also should have double—and triple—checked that I was sending the e-mail to the intended recipient and not to the person about whom I was comparing to a drunken uncle. But I didn’t.

Carlos, meet Stupid. Stupid, Carlos.

Not long after I sent the e-mail (and clumsily apologized), he distributed another blast to colleagues and local media entitled “Star-News editor gone wild!” In it he alerted them to my “childish, emotional, obscene, unprofessional, idiotic and personal” blunder. Ouch.

Nonetheless, point taken.

If this episode has taught me anything it’s to always double check the “to” field in an email message. I should say that I also learned not to say or do anything stupid in the future but, c’mon, who are we kidding? There may not be an I in team but there is a HA in human.

So, let this award serve as a cautionary tale of e-mails gone wrong.  There but for the grace of God goes you. Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a Disney film with which I should get reacquainted.

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Cutting to the bone

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Mayor Cheryl Cox and her council colleagues have made cuts to the city's budget with surgical precision. What's left to do?

Mayor Cheryl Cox and her council colleagues have made cuts to the city's budget with surgical precision. What's left to do?

Things aren’t looking good for the moribund city of Chula Vista.

In the middle of August, city officials announced that next year they are facing an estimated $12.5 million budget deficit—at minimum.  That after years of cutting city staff, hiring freezes and work furloughs;  after cutting library hours, park maintenance and street repair;  after city council members (some of them anyway) gave up their car allowances, trimmed their office budgets and after members of the city’s white collar labor union agreed to give up salary increases. Even cops and fire-fighters, the sacred cows of municipal kingdoms, tightened their belts. After all of that, there’s still a gaping $12 million abyss that seems to get deeper than the cracks in Keith Richards’ face.

City Manager Jim Sandoval told  The Union-Tribune:  “We could close all three libraries and all seven recreation centers plus the pools and still it wouldn’t be enough” to close the $12.5 million gap.

Mayor Cheryl Cox calls the news somber. That’s like calling a severed femoral artery an owie.

The city’s hemorrhaging money to the tune of $130 million in operating costs during 2011-2012. Unfortunately, the panacea that everyone’s been praying for—bayfront development and the construction of a four-year university on the east side—is, for now, just more wishful thinking. Simply put, there’ s no significant income on the horizon.

Would you rather pay higher taxes or wrestle a naked Snooki?

Would you rather pay higher taxes or wrestle a naked Snooki?

Unless, of course, you raise taxes. And we all know how everyone feels about raising taxes. You’d probably have an easier time convincing people to wrassle “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki in a kiddie pool of chocolate pudding than voting for a tax increase.

During her first term as mayor, Cox told Chula Vistans  that she and her colleagues had done their best to trim all the fat from the city’s budget and that sooner or later they would start cutting into the bone. Going into her second four years, it appears as though that time has come.

So, what do you do? The council is holding a budget workshop in early October so they can hear residents’ (read voters) ideas about what needs to be done to restore the city to good fiscal health.

If you’re one of the 230,000 people who live here, what do you tell them? What programs do you cut? Where do you get the money to keep your libraries open?

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